: to handle or touch in order to examine, test, or explore some quality
- She felt the fabric to see if it was wool.
: to perceive by a physical sensation coming from discrete end organs (as of the skin or muscles)
- He felt a sudden pain in his leg.
: to undergo passive experience of
- continually felt the resentment of his competitors
: to have one's sensibilities markedly affected by
: to ascertain by cautious trial
—usually used with out
- feeling out the sentiments of their neighbors on the subject of school improvements
: to be aware of by instinct or inference
: to receive or be able to receive a tactile sensation
- lost the ability to feel in his fingertips
: to search for something by using the sense of touch
- She felt in her purse for her keys.
: to be conscious of an inward impression, state of mind, or physical condition
: to have a marked sentiment or opinion
- it feels like spring today
: to have sympathy or pity
: to have an inclination for